PML-N takes notice of Nisar's statement on Asghar Khan case
26 October, 2012
ISLAMABAD: The top leadership of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has taken notice of opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan's stance on the Asghar Khan case, which it believes has compromised the party's position in the current political scenario.
The varying stance of the PML-N is evident from the fact that the party was divided on the Asghar Khan case verdict, according to which the 1990 general election was rigged that brought into power the IJI, in which the PML-N was the biggest stakeholder.
Immediately after the court verdict, Nisar rejected the decision to hand over investigation to the FIA as inappropriate and demanded an independent commission to probe the issue. Nisar's stance received sharp criticism from the PML-N's political rivals, especially the ruling PPP, which has taken the opposition party to task.
According to sources in the PML-N, Nisar's statement has severely dented the party's reputation as a supporter of the superior judiciary, as it has brought the party to a compromising position.
"This prompted the PML-N leadership to take notice as Sharif brothers have been wrongly accused after this verdict and they thought that it was due to Nisar's sharp and strong response after the verdict," sources said.
PML-N sources confided to our sources that the party's top leadership at its meeting a couple of days back tasked Khawaja Asif with going on the media and explain the party position vis-à-vis this case.
Asif in different appearances in the media categorically said the party accepted the decision in the Asghar Khan case and had no issue as to who investigates the case because the PML-N has not been mentioned in the verdict.
But the stance taken by Chaudhry Nisar has invited the criticism of PML-N's rivals and Khawaja Asif was given this task to remove the impression that the PML-N had defied the judiciary's decision.
Sources said the party leadership believed there was nothing substantial in the verdict against the PML-N and the issue would die down sooner than later if the party kept silent on the issue.
"Nisar held the press conference on his own and when the party leadership observed the negative reaction against it, it realised that it should take the step to cover the loss due to dent to its credibility," sources said.